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Welding Operator, The


Published 1942


Methods of welding and occupational prospects for welders.


Run time 10:10
Producer Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc.
Sponsor Vocational Guidance Films, Inc.
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W

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The first part of the film shows oxyacetylene equipment being used by an operator; and illustrates flat and overhead welding and cutting. Electric resistance and arc welding are also presented. Among the operations shown are spot welding, arc, including the shielded arc, metal table and carbon rod methods. Typical jobs in both production and job welding are explained. The knowledge and physical requirements necessary to be a good welding operator are brought out. There are opportunities in steel mills and automotive industries, in air craft, building, bridge, and pipe line work.



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Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavorite - September 3, 2005
Subject: Why Welding? (Hey, good title!)
Pretty boring, except for the very beginning, where they combine the elements to show what is in a welding torch flame, Your Lifes Work here. I mean, if you get your kicks out of the many infinite ways two pieces of metal can be welded together, well, have I got a movie for you! All others, stay away.
Reviewer: Chipmaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2004
Subject: Good overview of the welding profession circa 1942
Just imagine: Pearl Harbor bombed, men lining up to enlist... and shipyards begging for welders.

So considering the urgency, the matter-of-fact, dry tone of this overview of the welding profession is a bit understated, but nonetheless it's informative and useful. Maybe all the bombastic narrators had been drafted.

The film centers around the major welding method of the day, gas oxy-acetylene welding. Although this is considered largely obsolete for production work today, it's good footage of the basics of any welding method. The film moves on to spot welding, then stick welding, and then to describe various applications of these methods. The gas welding of a steel airframe is interesting.

Not mentioned are flux-core, MIG, and TIG welding, but perhaps they were considered too new or advanced for an introductory overview.

Even though the technology is a bit dated, the basics are the same, and this film should be useful to someone interested in welding as a hobby or a profession.
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